Microsoft has being working to find a successor to current CEO Steve Ballmer since he announced his intention to retire in late August. Founder and current Chairman Bill Gates has already denied interest in the position. The company is currently narrowing the list of candidates. The short list includes Ford CEO Alan Mulally, former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, and former microsfot executive now with Pivotal, Paul Maritz. Ebay chief John Donahoe has removed himself from contention. The next CEO will be the tech giant’s third in its 38 year history following Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer.